Mail: Shifted in piles, a quick sort. You, me, him, her. Offer, threat, reminder, request. Reminder. The yard’s thawed, shows through in miniature green humps of unmown green, scattered with trash & ice. Reminder. The house a dark wooden encasement. The cats are fed and the bills kept low. A frivolous flame heats oil. In and out, the bigger envelopes stuffed for thousands. An effort at neutrality, leveling the indebted.


Mail: White envelopes, waves in ink screaming ‘cause I’m here, screaming ‘cause the car’s broken and the fridge is empty. Fast turn on a heel, warm pine smell, brown needle on dirt shaded by a few dying weeds. A post card – Santa Claus on the beach in flip flops laughing at water skis in the distance.